Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Mousse Cups

Well, now I know how to get this dessert's secret ingredient into Cassie. She doesn't like avocado a lot, except in my Paleo Mexican Dinner, and now, in this dessert.
 So, they went out to lunch today with Cassie's mom and dad, and Ger was looking at a photo of some mad-crazy peanut butter dessert, full of sugar and grain and who knows what kind of else??? So, he sent word to me that wanted a "not-too-guilty paleo dessert, but peanut buttery." 
What? Peanut butter? I got myself to the grocery before he changed his mind, and bought the MaraNatha organic peanut putter with a hint of sea salt (ingredients: peanuts, sea salt - - NO CANE SUGAR) Then, I came home, fired up the food processor, and knocked this one out of the ballpark!

I set out 6 Pampered Chef glass prep dishes. (Use whatever dessert dishes you like)

For the CRUST, I put the following ingredients into the food processor:

8 dates
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
2 TBSP Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
1 TBSP honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

I processed it until it looked like this photo and then pressed it down with the back of a spoon. (Just this part is completely yummy by itself! I know, I tasted it, of course, more than once....)

I washed out the food processor bowl so I could use it again.

For the DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE, I put the following ingredients into the food processor:
1 ripe avocado (I peeled it and threw away the pit)
2 TBSP Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
3 TBSP local honey (2 TBSP might be enough with raw honey....up to your sweet tooth)
3 TBSP MaraNatha Peanut Butter (or almond butter, or any other nut butter, but peanut butter's yummy when you haven't had it in forever...)

I processed this until it was blended and you couldn't see any green. This then went into 3 of the containers. (My food processor is a 7-cup machine, and I worry about putting too much into it at a time.) So, then I made a second batch of this for the other 3 crusts. If you do this in a blender, you could do it all at once.

I put them into the fridge for a couple of hours before we ate them.

Isaac says to tell you they are not sweet enough for him, so be forewarned. He says they need more of the crust part, too. He's my critic. Ger said, "Wow, mom, that is really, really good! I'm eating another one right now!"